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Tweeting the Obama Address

Starting at 8 p.m. tonight, the Fix will be providing running commentary -- via Twitter! -- of President Barack Obama's health care address to a joint session of Congress.

It's hard to overstate the importance of the speech as it comes amid polling that suggests that the president has not only lost altitude on this his signature issue but has also seen the wounds of the health care fight bleed into his overall approval ratings.

Tonight's address represents the President's best (last?) chance to convince the American people of the necessity of health care reform and, in so doing, re-energize Capitol Hill to pass a bill before the 111th Congress closes.

Want to keep up with our observations and annotations of tonight's address? You can either sign up to follow "The Hyper Fix" on Twitter (it's fun, trust us) or you can scroll down in this post for the ten most recent tweets.

After the speech concludes, we'll offer our first thoughts on it in this space so make sure to check back in.

Need to keep yourself entertained for the next 90 minutes or so? Check out Scott Wilson's preview of the speech,check out the early speech excerpts released by the White House and review the suggestions from Democratic operatives about what the President should say tonight.

See you soon!

  • First thoughts on Obama speech: http://tinyurl.com/kt74ha  about an hour ago
  • 48 total minutes! Make sure to check www.washingtonpost.com/thefix shortly for our first thoughts on the speech.  about 2 hours ago
  • "We did not come here to fear the future. We came here to shape it."  about 2 hours ago
  • Politico also reporting Joe Wilson was "lie" yeller. Don't say the ole @ thehyperfix doesn't bring you the inside dope.  about 2 hours ago
  • This is Obama as orator...hearkening back to campaign..how many people still watching though at 46 minutes?  about 2 hours ago
  • "That large-heartedness...is not a partisan feeling...it is part of the American character..." -- Obama's strongest moments coming at end.  about 2 hours ago
  • Very nice use of Kennedy...highlighting all the bipartisan work he got done. McCain, Hatch, Grassley.  about 2 hours ago
  • Looks like he will end on Teddy K....poignant...touching...smart.  about 2 hours ago
  • "If you misrepresent what is in this plan, we will call you out...I will not accept the status quo as a solution." -- PrezO  about 2 hours ago
  • "I will continue to seek common ground in the weeks ahead...my door is always open." -- PRezO  about 2 hours ago

Previous Updates »

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 9, 2009; 6:21 PM ET
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Comments

usadblake:

No.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse


Should Congressman Joe Wilson be censured?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=6121

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Posted by: usadblake | September 10, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

In the spirit of our Commander-in-Chief's plea for civility in our health-care debate, all Americans should ignore Rep. Joe Wilson, Republican of South Carolina. It is a sad day indeed when a sitting member of Congress heckles the President of the United States. Mr. Wilson, have you no self-respect?

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Self-respect? Republicans? Are you joking?

Have you forgotten the last election? That horrid woman?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 9, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Bark early, bark often, don't worry about making sense. I think that was the GOP directive for tonight.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | September 9, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Joe Wilson pretty much showed how awful the republican party has become with his outburst.
What a bunch of scumbags.

Posted by: jeffc6578 | September 9, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

ANother wingnut loser, Joe Wilson, yelling schoolyard insults. Gee, can't Republicans put the foaming at the mouth crazies on a leash or something.

Posted by: rodneythecat | September 9, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

In the spirit of our Commander-in-Chief's plea for civility in our health-care debate, all Americans should ignore Rep. Joe Wilson, Republican of South Carolina. It is a sad day indeed when a sitting member of Congress heckles the President of the United States. Mr. Wilson, have you no self-respect?

Posted by: rogden71 | September 9, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

In the spirit of our Commander-in-Chief's plea for civility in our health-care debate, all encourage all Americans to ignore Rep. Joe Wilson, Republican from South Carolina. It is sad when a sitting member of Congress heckles the President of the United States.

Posted by: rogden71 | September 9, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

WE NEED TO STOP HIM NOW!!!!

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Better yet, go punch a wall.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 9, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse


Bill O'Reilly just asked David Axelrod a few simple questions and Axelrod answered with more lies and innuendos. At one point Axelrod went back to blaming the Bush Administration!!! HERE WE GO AGAIN!!

Axelrod came off looking like nothing more than a partisan hack who doesn't know anything!!!

In the end Obama's only desire is for a massive Government takeover of the best health care system in the world!!!

WE NEED TO STOP HIM NOW!!!!


Posted by: charko825 | September 9, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

The speech was fine so long as you don't think about the cost of all the reforms. O'Bama has always claimed his proposals cost nothing, but no one really believes this.

Posted by: ravitchn | September 9, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

HE IS A FRAUD AND HE IS ABUSING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH HIS CONTINUAL LIES!!!

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Take a pill, breathe into a paper bag, and go lie down.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 9, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Can Jow Wilson (R-SC) be censured for calling the President a liar at the joint session? Disgusting conduct for a Congressman.

Posted by: joneshn | September 9, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

If the demoncrats want this pass it, the republicans do not have the numbers to stop it. So you cannot blame republicans for health care. The demoncrats do not have balls to stand by what they believe.

Posted by: goziner | September 9, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

There were no specifics about how he would pay for it. He keeps yapping about fraud and abuse. The only fraud and abuse I see is FROM HIM!!!

HE IS A FRAUD AND HE IS ABUSING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH HIS CONTINUAL LIES!!!


Posted by: charko825 | September 9, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

If he is serious about shutting out illegals require proof of citizenship for care.............

Posted by: goziner | September 9, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant. BHO at the very top of his game.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | September 9, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Why are we talking about "socialized medicene and socialism". The definition of socialism is an economic system where the govenment owns the major factors of production. No one has asked the government to buy a single hospital, doctor's office or clinic. Other than military treatment facilities, VA and prison facilities, the federal government has stayed clear of providing direct direct healthcare. So please, labeling things "socialist" that don't come close to meeting the definition simply degrades one's credibility.

Posted by: DrS1 | September 9, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Pretty good speech, but I am curious to see how PrezO pays for this "without adding a penny to the deficit" or without taxing existing employer-provided insurance.

Posted by: IrishGuy09 | September 9, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Great Speech! Great President!

Direct, Honest, Common Sense, Centrist, Bi-Partisan, No BS, Sincere, Said with Conviction, Called out ALL the Liars and Obstructionist on the Right and those Blue Dogs on the left.

Go Obama!

Do what you do!

Posted by: lcarter0311 | September 9, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what these right wing bloggers are talking about or why they are so committed to name calling.

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Why, as evident as it could be: they're lousy racists whose lives are flashing before their eyes. THERE'S A BLACK FAMILY IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

Join me in wishing coronaries on the filthy lot of them.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 9, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are full of crap.....

Posted by: mcuya | September 9, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what these right wing bloggers are talking about or why they are so committed to name calling. Olympia Snow is one of my senators and she is a fine, dignified member of the GOP as are many people in this great Yankee state. Obama's speech is masterful, courageous and far sighted. I am glad he is our leader, and thankful that those who are so filled with scorn, anger and ideology have been marginalized. Thank you Olympia, and thank you Obama.

Posted by: protagoras | September 9, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama is so full of crap...His entire speech is filled with lies, manipulations of facts and total distortions. He is living in an alter-reality.

Posted by: charko825 | September 9, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama's and the Democrap Socialist Parties Voodoo Health Care Bill is nothing more than neo--Communism, and the morons voting or supporting this in congress will be getting the bachlash from this come the next 2 elections in 2010 and 2012. Bye, bye Democrap Socialists.

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Does your mother know you're using her computer?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 9, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

P.S. who is paying for all these new "requirements" for insurance? Is "public option" in or out?

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi is like a Jack in the Box juiced up on Botox. Why doesn't she just stay standing?

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Are the GOP on Obama's left side?

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Twitter? You have you're own freaking Web site? Why the hell do you need to use twitter?

Posted by: sknyluv | September 9, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Blumenthal:

When, exactly, did GWB try to abolish the 13th Amendment and bring back slavery? Or, was that just a drive-by posting?

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Twitter Politics -- no, Politics "." has just been changed with a Twitter tool that if it does what it says (and this is now blowing up on Twitter today), called @2gov, is a wow twidget-- check it, there's a very short video too-- http://2gov.org/

Posted by: jrroy | September 9, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA’S WILL TELL THESE LIES TONIGHT

1. “First, if you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, Medicare, Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have”

Nothing except the laws of economics and the text of the Bill.

2.”The plan I'm announcing tonight would meet three basic goals:

It will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance. It will provide insurance to those who don't. And it will slow the growth of health care costs for our families, our businesses, and our government”

Your Health Insurance will be KILLED under ObamaCare.

Like Socialized medicine and Death Panels?? ObamaCare–thats the ticket for you.

Congress will hail the great speech, then gut the plan quietly because they know better to obey Obama than their constituents.

Then Obama will declare VICTORY.

Posted by: JaxMax | September 9, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

By the way: I hear that Obama's Voodoo Health Care Bill includes importing Witch Doctors from Haiti and a few other banana Republics to start up his program.

Posted by: armpeg | September 9, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. President:
I am deeply aggrieved to see you surrender the high ground and capitulate to know-nothings who do not want true health care reform and will block it using any and all methods at their disposal.
Every other major industrialized nation on Earth enables each and every citizen to access primary health care irrespective of his or her ability to pay. Although we are the wealthiest and most powerful nation the Earth has ever known, we are barbarians by comparison.
Mr. President: I voted for you so you would lead the United States forward into the 21st Century, unlike your predecessor who did his best (or worst) to revert the US to the worst aspects of the 17th Century.
What in heaven's name has happened to you between November 4th and September 9th?
Sincerely,
Mark Gary Blumenthal, MD, MPH

Posted by: markomd | September 9, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Who is the "designated successor" tonight?

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama's and the Democrap Socialist Parties Voodoo Health Care Bill is nothing more than neo--Communism, and the morons voting or supporting this in congress will be getting the bachlash from this come the next 2 elections in 2010 and 2012. Bye, bye Democrap Socialists.

Posted by: armpeg | September 9, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama's conciliatory approach to passing a health care bill a mistake?

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How could compromising with infantile sore losers who wish failure be anything but a mistake?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 9, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse


Is Obama's conciliatory approach to passing a health care bill a mistake?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=6112
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Posted by: usadblake | September 9, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

No need to Tweet at all; enough "excerpts" have been released to know that the Public Option got thrown under the bus ("not an end in itself", as did American citizens who have honest concerns expressed at town hall meetings ("time for games is over"). LOL!!!

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Live "tweeting," please! I'm glad you're using the technology, but it would be great if you'd use the terminology as well.

Posted by: katenonymous | September 9, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

At this point she may as well have said that American citizens are Nazis.

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

"Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who at a pivotal point threw gasoline on the flames by comparing angry American citizens to Nazis."
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You see, another blatant flat-out lie.

She merely pointed out that Health Care Reform opponents at the town hall meetings were carrying signs with swastikas on them, which they were. I've seen the tape, it was nothing more than that.

I doubt this guy, whoever wrote this article ever was an Obama supporter, his/her thinking sounds more like a hyper-sensitive hare-trigger conservative.

Posted by: JRM2 | September 9, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

"As an Obama supporter and contributor, I am outraged at the slowness with which the standing army of Democratic consultants and commentators publicly expressed discontent with the administration's strategic missteps this year. I suspect there had been private grumbling all along, but the media warhorses failed to speak out when they should have -- from week one after the inauguration, when Obama went flat as a rug in letting Congress pass that obscenely bloated stimulus package. Had more Democrats protested, the administration would have felt less arrogantly emboldened to jam through a cap-and-trade bill whose costs have made it virtually impossible for an alarmed public to accept the gargantuan expenses of national healthcare reform. (Who is naive enough to believe that Obama's plan would be deficit-neutral? Or that major cuts could be achieved without drastic rationing?)

By foolishly trying to reduce all objections to healthcare reform to the malevolence of obstructionist Republicans, Democrats have managed to destroy the national coalition that elected Obama and that is unlikely to be repaired. If Obama fails to win reelection, let the blame be first laid at the door of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who at a pivotal point threw gasoline on the flames by comparing angry American citizens to Nazis. It is theoretically possible that Obama could turn the situation around with a strong speech on healthcare to Congress this week, but after a summer of grisly hemorrhaging, too much damage has been done. At this point, Democrats' main hope for the 2012 presidential election is that Republicans nominate another hopelessly feeble candidate. Given the GOP's facility for shooting itself in the foot, that may well happen.

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

(cont.)

This column has been calling for heads to roll at the White House from the get-go. Thankfully, they do seem to be falling faster -- as witness the middle-of-the-night bum's rush given to "green jobs" czar Van Jones last week -- but there's a long way to go. An example of the provincial amateurism of current White House operations was the way the president's innocuous back-to-school pep talk got sandbagged by imbecilic support materials soliciting students to write fantasy letters to "help" the president (a coercive directive quickly withdrawn under pressure). Even worse, the entire project was stupidly scheduled to conflict with the busy opening days of class this week, when harried teachers already have their hands full. Comically, some major school districts, including New York City, were not even open yet. And this is the gang who wants to revamp national healthcare?

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Why has the Democratic Party become so arrogantly detached from ordinary Americans? Though they claim to speak for the poor and dispossessed, Democrats have increasingly become the party of an upper-middle-class professional elite, top-heavy with journalists, academics and lawyers (one reason for the hypocritical absence of tort reform in the healthcare bills). Weirdly, given their worship of highly individualistic, secularized self-actualization, such professionals are as a whole amazingly credulous these days about big-government solutions to every social problem. They see no danger in expanding government authority and intrusive, wasteful bureaucracy. This is, I submit, a stunning turn away from the anti-authority and anti-establishment principles of authentic 1960s leftism."

http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2009/09/09/healthcare/index1.html

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

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